17.014 gray literature

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Mon May 12 2003 - 02:47:12 EDT

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 14.
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             Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 07:38:22 +0100
             From: Robert Kraft <kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
             Subject: Re: 17.012 gray literature

    Apropos Willard's longish posting, there seem to be lots of graey areas
    here (when you check online OED for "grey areas" you'll find a 1963 British
    report on semi-slumish urban areas in need of rebuilding [between healthy
    and terminal]!). "Gray/grey" designates that which is inbetween, if only we
    could determine what lies on either side. Maybe this works in a black and
    white situation ("grayscale"), but we seem to have lots of colorful shades


    Willard wrote:
    > While I accept Charles Faulhaber's definition of gray literature in
    > Humanist 17.009 in the terms in which it was given, I wonder if it would
    > not be helpful to look beyond the immediate institutional classification. I
    > would suppose that gray literature does not always coincide with that which
    > is "privately published" -- a volume of poetry, say, produced by
    > letterpress and given to friends of the poet-printer; a samizdat
    > publication; a serious work of scholarship put online by the author because
    > he or she cannot get it published commercially. These things, it seems to
    > me, differ rather significantly from a research report issued by a
    > laboratory so that its preliminary work may be distributed to colleagues.
    > In the former case, the work is the final form; it is the thing itself, not
    > a preliminary or interim version. ... [etc.]

    Robert A. Kraft, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
    227 Logan Hall (Philadelphia PA 19104-6304); tel. 215 898-5827

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